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Tribe Athletics Hosted Third Annual Celebration of Women's Athletics
Updated: Tuesday 04/23/2012 (ET)
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Williamsburg, Va. - The College of William and Mary's Athletics Department held its third annual Celebration of Women's Athletes, April 14-15.  The weekend included a reception at the Crowne Plaza in Williamsburg and a Celebration Brunch at W&M's Muscarelle Museum of Art.

The Celebration of Women's Athletics originated to highlight the history of W&M's women's athletics programs and to recognize the dedication and determination of former varsity athletes.  In its third year, the weekend brings together female athletes and coaches to celebrate shared successes on and off the field - and to honor women whose experience in intercollegiate athletics has shaped their personal, professional and charitable lives.

Erica Walsh was the featured honoree for the 2012 event. A 1997 graduate of the College, Walsh was a women's soccer student-athlete, earning All-CAA First Team honors on two occasions and helping the Green and Gold to two CAA regular season crowns, two CAA Tournament titles and a quartet of NCAA appearances. She is the current Women's Soccer Head Coach at Penn State and Assistant Coach for Women's National Team, Silver Medalist at the 2011 World Cup.

Jo Ousterhout '76 and Lauren Kaplan McKetta '05 were both honored over the weekend as well with the Tribe Champion for Life Award and One Tribe Award, respectively. The Tribe Champion for Life award recognizes an alumna who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, fortitude, and excellence in her personal, professional or philanthropic accomplishments.  The One Tribe Award honors a former student-athlete who has significantly contributed to her local community or a non-profit organization and has inspired others to do the same. 

Ousterhout is a 1976 graduate of the College and former captain of the 1975 field hockey team that finished fourth nationally in the AIAW Championships. Most recently, she has been the CEO and co-founder of Metta Journeys, a philanthropic travel company that immerses donors in the onsite work of carefully selected partner organizations and communities they serve. Ousterhout has lived and worked in the United States, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. She and her husband, Jeff Fergus, have recently moved from London to Washington D.C., where Jo is working through various organizations to strengthen the voices and roles of women in U.S. politics.

Kaplan McKetta was a 2005 graduate of the College and played for the women's basketball program under the direction of current Tribe head coach Debbie Taylor. She is currently a school psychologist at Chalkley Elementary and Bettie Weaver Elementary Schools in Chester­field and Midlothian, Va. Kaplan McKetta is involved with an organization called Girls on the Run at Chalkley Elementary School and remains very involved in events that benefit bone marrow transplant research at the VCU Massey Cancer Center. She helps her husband, Robby, with a golf tournament that raises funds for this program and participates in her family's blood drive and Ali's Run, a 5K run that benefits the William & Mary campus bone marrow drive. Lauren's sister, Ali, passed away from a blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. One of the main cures for Aplastic Anemia is a bone marrow transplant, and Lauren is committed to doing everything she can to help others in similar situations.

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